Dr Helen Farrell

Assistant Head of School

+44 20 7911 5000 ext 66546
35 Marylebone Road London NW1 5LS
I'm on campus most days, but hours vary. Please email or call before visiting, if possible.

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I have a PhD in Spatial Planning, and a MSc in Environmental Science and my undergraduate degree was in geography and biology as part of a BSc in Natural Sciences. Before joining the university, I was at the University of Lincoln and prior to that, at Dublin Institute of Technology.

My research interests are varied but tend to be in the field of outdoor and rural tourism and recreation; community planning; participation in planning and geographical information systems.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Fellow of the HEA
  • Member of journal editorial group for Tourism Policy and Planning.

I lecture on the undergraduate and postgraduate tourism programmes, mainly in the area of sustainable development and responsible tourism. I'm also involved in introductory tourism modules, research methods and tourism policy as well as dissertation supervision.

I am part of the tourism research group. My current research focuses on the value/benefits of outdoor activity to the individual, and on teaching and learning aspects of tourism studies.


Taking a hike: Exploring leisure walkers embodied experiences (2018)
Stevenson, N. and Farrell, H.C. 2018. Taking a hike: Exploring leisure walkers embodied experiences. Social and Cultural Geography. 19 (4), pp. 429-447.


Redressing the balance: inverted hierarchies in the tourism classroom (2017)
Pappalepore, I. and Farrell, H.C. 2017. Redressing the balance: inverted hierarchies in the tourism classroom. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education. 21 (Part B), pp. 144-153.


Tourism entrepreneurs in Northumberland (2011)
Bosworth, G. and Farrell, H.C. 2011. Tourism entrepreneurs in Northumberland. Annals of Tourism Research. 38 (4), pp. 1474-1494.


Landscape character assessment in the Republic of Ireland (2006)
Farrell, H.C., Boyle, K. and Rybaczuk, K. 2006. Landscape character assessment in the Republic of Ireland. LCN news: the Landscape Character Network newsletter. 21.


The (unintended) benefits of green exercise (2013)
Farrell, H.C. and Price, L. 2013. The (unintended) benefits of green exercise. in: Conference Proceedings of Active Countryside Tourism, 23-25 January 2013, Leeds, UK International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality, Leeds Metropolitan University.


Rural tourism (2011)
Farrell, H.C. and Russell, S. 2011. Rural tourism. in: Robinson, P., Heitmann, S. and Dieke, P. (ed.) Research themes for tourism CABI. pp. 100-113


Networking among rural tourism entrepreneurs (2010)
Farrell, H.C., Bosworth, G. and Newbery, R. 2010. Networking among rural tourism entrepreneurs. in: Brebbia, C.A. (ed.) The sustainable world Southampton Wessex Institute of Technology Press. pp. 713-724


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